Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Garden Studio- in the studio first day of Autumn

Here we are with yesterday being the first day of Autumn.

That fact was totally kicked out of my brain for weeks, until clicking on yesterday morning's Google search doodle, which thwacked me right between the eyes.

 Not ready to let go of Summer honestly....

I can't remember where we were last week when the grumbling started and the receiver of the grumble said--- but, Fall is my favorite season, it isn't Winter yet.  How wise was that statement!  

It is a praiseworthy time of the year in a beautiful package of color, scent and possibility.
SDAJ always gets a big boot in the behind this time of year developing new jewelry designs, techniques and palette choices.

This season lots of recycled glass, ethnic and even more off the bench components embark on their journey.  Loads of to-dos wrapping it all together by tumbling, oxidizing and finally sanding away high spots giving each it's expression.

off to the right--- beading and saw area with loads of new Czech and Javanese
beads being wrapped

the wrapping--- Javanese, recycled glass, Petrified wood, Czech, Jade and lampwork beads
anticipating their assembly, tumbling and oxidizing.  How special are they!

peened closure ring with artisan copper forged/hammered hook and signature component

left side--- carpentry bench with metalforming tools and a pendant/bracelet rack waiting to be changed out for ECCOTA along with 3 new seasonally inspired neck-pieces each on their own custom easel
recycled glass, Czech and Javanese beads all new to the bench this Autumn


Having a home studio gives the artist permission for total abandon in the work, home and life.
My family is my life, life gives freedom...freedom is found in the art.  What do you think about that!  I can be cohesive in thought when I want..maybe it's Autumn :) LOL  

Organic beef roasting in the crock-pot, rosary wrapping beads in the living room while binge watching The Blacklist featuring James Spader.   He is extraordinary in this role!   

Here for Balsamic Crock-pot Beef Roast recipe using the chicken broth and low salt soy sauce for the tamari substitute.  It was the perfect flavor profile having none of that slow cooking washed out blandness.  


Laughing Owl Press studio and what not instagram
Laughing Owl Press inquired about carrying SDAJ, in their new retail/working studio, location on main street in Kane, Pa. recently. With out even hesitating I came back with a resounding YES!  

An open-house is scheduled for October 19th- 2:00 to 7:00pm tentatively, for the time (more details as the date approaches) at the new studio space.
printing demos . refreshments . libations  LIVE MUSIC

LOP and SDAJ are both part of the PA Wild's Artisan Trail as an artisan and trail stop.  A good friend of mine, also a trail artisan, recently applied to be juried now for a trail stop.  
I am not sure how many artisans actually are a trail stop...I need to find out, lol.

Friday, September 19, 2014

traveling with SDAJ--- show opportunity and downtown in Wellsboro, Pa. Tioga County

Wellsboro is such a gorgeous community, still holding on to their small town main street retail, specialty shoppes and restaurants.
This past weekend my dh and I traveled to Tioga county around 2.5 hours from where we live in Elk County to this lovely town for a small venue.

SDAJ was at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Pa. for a Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trails showing for the Pennsylvania Forestry Associations 128th annual dinner--- YES their organization's 128th! 

At this wonderfully preserved Hotel a small sampling of PA Wilds Artisans were invited including  juried artisan Snuffy Destefano of Ridgway, Pa. with his burl bowls and SDAJ.

We also booked a room staying in this lovely landmark.  


taken from the website

The Penn Wells Hotel, built in 1869, is one of Wellsboro’s most historic landmarks. The current building, which was restored in the 1920s, has 73 character-filled guest rooms of varying sizes and types. Our elegant Lobby and Mary Wells Dining Room transport guests to a bygone era where welcoming staff and friendly locals remain the norm. The cozy and inviting full-service Lounge sits adjacent to the Hotel lobby and offers a full selection of classic cocktails, beer and wine. With live music every Friday night, a drink or a bite to eat at the Lounge is a great way to wind down after a busy day of travel, recreation or business.


lobby of the Penn-Wells Hotel sporting two PA Wilds juried artisans from Elk County

My work and hand-created easels used also at trail
stops to showcase jewelry keeping the same feel at each retail space

My husband Herb, Snuffy, Cheryl and I had a great time socializing with the Pennsylvania Forestry Association as well as being invited to dine with them in the Mary Wells dining room and Ta Brant Enos, who is our ombudsman plus keynote speaker for the evening.

Mary Well's Dining room

I fell in love with a few of the older gentlemen, with their beautiful stories, one could not help it. There were so many knowledgeable and charming individuals to meet and greet throughout the evening, it was a lovely opportunity with sales to boot!

promo mosaic :) :)
That night Herb and I visited a couple late night spots enjoying the locals and a band or two with then still getting up fairly early for breakfast.  The last time the family was here, shopping and sight seeing, the diner was too packed with no seating available.  We lucked out this trip slipping in before church let out allowing us to get a sweet table up front by the grill. Of course you all know that the grill is where all the action takes place.

breakfast at the Wellsboro Diner
Being a very visual person myself, I can not imagine preparing food tickets by listening to the wait staff reading each one to me one after the other.  I truly don't think she made any mistakes using this method, funstuff.

to the point menu, simple, a few of their own specialties 

from where we were sitting by the front door
flannel clad locals at the counter

from the back of diner
love finding parts of our past or grandparent's past especially, still holding their own
* I found her and family last Sunday at the
on one of her many WILDS seeking weekend traveling destinations

More buyer's markets and artisan venue opportunities will continue to be available through out the region. 

 Follow the WILD'S events and such on the PA Wilds Artisan Trail

 PA Wilds Artisan's Facebook Page 

and PA Wild's Resource Center  

If you are lucky enough to see Ta out and about, she is very approachable and loves to chat about our artisans and the Trail's goings on. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Traveling with SDAJ---- Potter County Artisan Center

While participating in a show at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro for the Pennsylvania Forestry Commission, we also had a chance to visit other PA Wilds trail stops on the trip home Sunday of last weekend.
227 North Main Street, Coudersport, Pa. is where you will find the Potter County Artisan Center

Doug Firestone of owner/operator of Firestone Forge located in
Germania, Pa. part of the PA Wilds Artisan Trail
President of the Board for the Potter County Visitor Association, Doug Firestone, was very instrumental in setting the plan in motion for PCAC.  Firestone, an artisan himself, understands how important a center such as this would be in not only revenue for PCVA but, in turn teach artists how to be knowledgeable in all facets of the work from social media promotion to book work. 

    "Last fall we relocated our office to the building we are now in, the Penn-York building. With the additional space we decided to start the artisan co-op.
     We are teaching them business practices, they put their time into the store, and assist in every part of the business. We have a management committee, a promo/marketing committee, and also a facilities committee. We basically allow them to make the decisions with a little guidance from us. It was also created to try to help the downtown, Coudersport, by attracting artisans to create their own businesses in the downtown," says Firestone.

Other board members were part of the decision making including Dave Brooks executive director and Allison Brooks communication manager of Potter County Visitor Association with also 40 locals attending to talk and brainstorm late January..  

excerpted from-  an original article appearing  in the Potter Leader Enterprise, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The goal of the Artisan Center is to exhibit the wonderful talent in the region and provide an opportunity for area artisans to display and sell a wide variety of unique products. The center will host a variety of locally made products: jewelry, paintings, herbal products, accessories, photography, garden and yard art, wood and metal works, locally produced foods and more. The artisans themselves will staff the center, so customers can meet the people who created the items they purchase. 
David Brooks, executive director of PCVA, said that everyone involved is excited and optimistic about the prospects of the center. “Ever since the center [based on a similar plan] opened in Emporium, we’ve been wanting to do this. We’ve been looking for a building where we could make this happen for about six or seven years. We’re just happy to have the opportunity to finally do it.”
PCVA and the Chamber moved into their new location last fall. By sharing the building space and expenses, both entities are able to enjoy a better location with very little increase in cost.

Elaine Russel, curator and on the management committee, was tending the gallery the day we were there.  In the above photo she is at her creatively fabulous display.
From the PCAC website:
Whether beading a prayer mala, cutting envelopes from old book pages, or photographing scenic Potter County... Elaine Russell glories in the world around her. A professional photographer since 1986, her work has been published in magazines, books, used in advertising, showcased in galleries... and collected across the country. 
As a fine art jewelry fabricator, she has been striving for excellence since 1995, specializing in prayer beads of all faiths and sterling wrapped gemstones.  And as a mixed media artist... she has found new life for recycled and salvaged goods since 2005.
Wife, mother, and retired nurse; Elaine grew up in Coudersport... and after traveling cross country for 20yrs... she is happy to be back home.
Elaine has written a daily blog since 2008; which you can see at
You can contact her at 
or through her Etsy store:

Elaine gave me an update on their artist count to date, which is 29.  With the Center's grand opening April of this year, that number is very impressive!
Here are some displays at the artisan center, from the back entrance.  I love those lockers!
Public Art, as in this mural you see above, on the Potter County Artisan Center building, can be found all across the 12.5 county region known as the Pennsylvania Wilds along the artisan trail.

\\\Please click on any of those links above for more information about all the amazing artisans, trail stops and public art in this region of the state.  You will not be disappointed!

Thank-you Elaine and Doug for all of your help on this post!  You two are such assets.


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